Using the STANDBY lever
As long as the POWER switch is set to CAMERA, you can use the STANDBY lever to turn the
camcorder on and off. This saves battery power and prevents accidental operation of the start/stop
Turn the STANDBY lever to LOCK or STANDBY to enter/leave the standby mode.
The Power Save Function
The camcorder automatically turns off if you leave it in record pause mode for more than 5 minutes
to protect tape and video heads.
You can select whether to turn off the camcorder (SHUT OFF) or only the recorder section (VCR
At VCR STOP, the camcorder remains turned on, so that the camcorder settings such as aperture
and shutter speed are retained. Press the start/stop button to start recording from the VCR STOP
state. Press the VCR STOP Custom Key to go into record pause mode (
If you have selected SHUT OFF and the camcorder turns off, turn the standby lever to LOCK and
back to STANDBY to turn the camcorder on.
Select VCR STOP as the function for the Custom Key button in the menu. Pressing the Custom Key
will then only turn off the recorder section while the camcorder remains on. This will enable you to
change the camcorder settings without being interfered by the automatic shut off.
To start recording, press the VCR STOP button and the camcorder will go into record pause mode.
When You Have Finished Recording
• Close the LCD panel.
• Unload the cassette.
• Turn the standby lever to LOCK.
• Slide the POWER switch to OFF.
• Disconnect the power source.
• If you have used the viewfinder, return it to its lowered and retracted position.
• To check that the camcorder is recording correctly, make a test recording first.
• Before making important recordings, clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video
Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette.
• To close the LCD panel, rotate it vertically until the screen faces you, then push it in flat against
the side of the camcorder.
• You cannot monitor the sound from the speaker when recording.
• For tips on how to make better videos, see page 40.
• For extra recording time, see "Changing the Recording Time" (
• The flashing of the tally lamp may be reflected into the lens during close-up recording, or when
recording through glass. You may therefore decide to turn it off (